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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

There are many reasons Hawaii remains the ideal vacation destination for so many dreamers: from its incomparable beauty to the ever-present aloha spirit, Hawaii is a place to be experienced. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel sits on the Big Island's sandy Kohala Coast as if it was placed there by deities at the beginning of time, and not Lauraunce S. Rockefeller in 1965. Since then, Mauna Kea has undergone numerous renovations, always striving to remain contemporary and stylish, but never losing its understated elegance and distinctive island charm.

The moment you arrive at Mauna Kea you are welcomed with the spirit of lokomaika'i (sharing from kindness within). From the fresh flower lei greeting to the relaxed seated check-in, you feel as if your presence is valued and your comfort is a top priority. The accommodations are contemporary and chic, with simple adornments to complement the breathtaking views of the ocean, the island, and nearby golf course from your lanai, while lavish amenities such as high-definition flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and L'Occitane bath products provide a touch of luxury. Despite the romantic, comfortable ambiance created by the spacious guestrooms and suites, a trip to the Big Island would be incomplete without spending time on the beach. Enhanced beach services such as padded chaise lounges, cabanas, and opulently plush beach towels ensure a relaxing day in the sun for adults, while Keiki Club offers fun, safe activities for the little ones.

Pairing up with its kaikaina (younger sister) hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Mauna Kea offers guests exciting ways to fill the day, from shopping and water sports, to golf, tennis, and Hawaiian cultural experiences like lei making, music, and crafts. Make sure you head back to Mauna Kea as the sun sets, at night the beach truly comes alive! Mauna Kea's delectable eateries are a stimulating sensory experience: Copper Terrace sets the mood with torch-lighting, and serves delicious themed pupus each night, while Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar's exhibition kitchen demonstrates the true art of creating a culinary masterpiece. Casual dining at Hau Tree offers classic barbecue favorites, and once a week a traditional luau is held on the beach. The smells of imu-roasted kalua pig, island fish, and finger-licking poi tantalize your taste buds while the steel drums provide cool island melodies during dinner before a fun (and very entertaining) group hula. Hawaii remains one of the top sites for destination weddings, and if you set Mauna Kea as the backdrop for your special day, you will not be disappointed. Get picture perfect at the on-site salon, and let the hotel's gorgeous grounds set the tone for an unforgettable reception. At Mauna Kea Beach Hotel you are welcome to enjoy your ideal vacation experience, whatever it may be, because at Mauna Kea the most important guest is you.

Location of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive Kohala Coast
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Nearest Airport: KOA

Amenities for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

  • General Information
  • 310 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • 6 Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Shop
  • Sushi Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge
  • Shuttle Service
  • Spa Services
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Laundry Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Currency Exchange Service
  • Sauna
  • Live Entertainment
  • Boutiques
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Art Collection
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Outdoor Pool
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Outdoor Whirlpool
  • Car Rental
  • Lounge
  • Laundry Facilities
  • 18-Hole Golf Course
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Turndown Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • DVD Players
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • Satellite Television
  • iPod Docks
  • Luxury Linens
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Private Lanais
  • Activities
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Pilates
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Whale Watching
  • Fitness Classes
  • Surfing
  • Business
  • Business Center/Services
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Family
  • Children's Programs
  • Cribs
  • Babysitting
  • Kids Club
  • Nearby
  • Golf
  • Interests
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Honeymoons & Romance
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

My family of 5 are staying at the mauna kea beach resort as part of our big island vacation. First, I will say the rooms are huge and quite nice. Although one of our two rooms smells a bit of old cigarette smoke. The beach is lovely, and we are looking forward to spending a relaxing day on the sand. Now for the down-sides: check-in was not enjoyable. There was no offer of help with all of our bags. There was no lei greeting, which I had read about on the hotel website. Everyone we interacted with was very dismissive and seemed bothered if we asked them a question. When our key card didn't work to get into the self parking lot they were not at all apologetic for any inconvenience this may have caused us. Instead they were once again rather rude. I am starting to wonder if this hotel does not want families staying at it. We rented two rooms to accommodate myself, my husband and our 3 sons ( who are not young and who are very well behaved and experienced travelers). The staff treats the boys like they are invisible. Another complaint is there is no map of the resort given at check-in. We wanted to see the manta rays at night and it took a while to find the right spot. We even asked a staff member who responded with "it might be over that way". Really??? I thought viewing the rays at night was a special highlight of this resort. Overall...the grounds and rooms are beautiful. The restaurants are overpriced and will not win any culinary awards. I will choose to take my vacation money elsewhere next time we are on this island.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

Its one of the only hotels on Big Island with a beach. Unlike the Four Seasons or Fairmont with a thin man-made beach, this is phenomenal, big and perfect for a family! I swam with sea turtles and giant mantarays in the cove, walked the magnificent gardens and loved the staff. The staff were phenomenal- friendly, service oriented and made my stay. Get a room facing the beach. Its my all time favorite hotel on Big Island for a good reason! The decor is good, its well appointed and has all the amenities you need. We were not the biggest fan of the bar restaurant Copper or the breakfast buffet - so if you're a Foodie head to the Fairmont for supper. If you want the perfect holiday- book this hotel!

Wilddawg - Breckenridge, Colorado

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our second visit to the Mauna Kea in two years. We were again very pleased. Our room was not on the ocean side this time, but the room was quite nice(723, in the original building). We watched quite a few sunsets from the new deck just off the Copper Bar. If it is not reserved, one can take drinks up there for view. Mary and Jenna were particularly helpful. Dan Morales and Naomi were very helpful at the front desk. We have been to quite a few hotels in Hawaii, and this remains our favorite. Primarily because is not in Kona with all the associated traffic, it has history, and the beach access is ideal. Also the beach does not seem to have shore break that some like Kaanapali have. We are looking forward to our next trip.

Stephen C

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Been coming to MK since the 1980s (before the renovation). Have many fond memories with friends and family, know every inch of the property. However, I must say that it has failed to keep up with the competition a bit and at this point, my business has been acquired by some other, more complete hotels. Dont get me wrong, MK still does a lot right. Service, mainly, is fantastic. Food is definitely top tier at every turn. The beach is super private and absolutely gorgeous. And the grounds are truly stunning. The floral scents alone are remarkable. MK set the standard for many world class hotels back in the 80s and still achieves high marks in these important areas. But there could be (and should be) some improvements. The pool option is pretty poor. Not that you come to Hawaii to swim in a man-made pool, but it would seem a given these days to have that option if a guest so chose. There are better pools at mid tier establishments. Also, the "excitement" level is almost at a mute level. Maybe that is the targeted sensation for some guests (which is fine) but dont book this hotel expecting to find anything related to a pulse on the grounds or nearby. Its a very, very sleepy environment. Upside is that you'll never have to worry about being disturbed late at night. Just dont go there looking for excitement. Lastly, the price is exponentially high for a hotel that does MOST things really well but which needs some upgrading. For the same budget you can easily find a quiet, beautiful hotel with multiple pool options, restaurants and bars for all tastes and excitement levels, and 5 star service. If MK were the only choice of such quality, it would be a home-run (as it once was). But since there are other, more dynamic options at the same price point, my family and I have (sadly) said good bye to our venerable vacation spot.

Justin A

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and kids, two girls ages 6 and 9 stayed here from Apr 20-27. It was our first visit to the big island but I have stayed numerous time in Maui and Oahu. Having stayed in Four Seasons an RItz Carlton properties in the past, I would put this hotel in the same class. We absolutely loved our time at this hotel and got a room on the 4th floor of the ocean front wing overlooking the pool and the ocean. It was an ideal location convenient to the ocean, pool, restaurants and shops. We live on the east coast of the US and it is much easier to visit the Caribbean but we always choose Hawaii for its people and culture. I was very impressed with the staff at this hotel as well. The pool is not great, kind of small for a hotel this size but I think its mainly because the beach is so incredible. The water is calm and clear with very convenient snorkeling off the right side of the beach where there is a good amount of coral and sea life along with sea turtles. The ground of the hotel were impeccable with lush landscaping and unique Asian artifacts throughout the building. We did not do the luau there so I can't comment on that but the breakfast buffet and dinner at Manta's was very good with great views. Each night we would take the steps down to see the big manta rays swimming. The Copper bar is great as a lounge but the food was just fair so I don't recommend it for dinner. We had lunch several times at the beach restaurant which was more convenient than anything else but the food and drinks are still good. There are so many details that I appreciated including my morning walk to Manta's for coffee where I was greeted by a couple of parrots each morning in a nearby tree. Overall, our family loved our experience there and we can't wait to go back.

Jonathan B

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